Zara, thanks so much for letting me drop by to talk about my publishing experiences.
When I first began my journey on the path to being a published author, I considered self-publishing, but decided I'd give the traditional route a chance first. I queried agents with my first project. Of course, I sent it too early, and received nothing but rejections. Undeterred, I moved on to a new project. And, once that baby shone, I sent it off to a new round of agents. This time, I received a few nibbles, but no takers.
So, I went back to my first project, and revised, and wrote, until it barely resembled the original story I'd begun with. I thought about sending it to agents, but decided to try a different track, and sent to a few small publishers who took unagented submissions. I got two bites. Then I got an offer. And that started my publishing story.
With three stories at MuseItUp, and a new series releasing from BookFish books, I turned back to my thoughts of self-publishing. A control-freak at heart, this really seemed something I should try. I'd be in complete control of everything.
When the anthology I'd submitted a short story to seemed to be gaining no traction, I pulled my submission and got to work. I wrote, and edited, and sent it to CPs and Betas. And I edited some more, taking it from short story length to novella length. I knew this would be the one I'd test the self-publishing waters with.
All books need a cover, so I contacted Charlotte Volnek. I'd worked with her two times before and loved the way she captured my books. She sent me a sample. We tweaked it a few times, and then, BOOM! There is was. Something to look at and squee about and renew my sense of excitement about the story.
No story is ever complete without being edited. I contacted Judy Roth, my very first editor, (judy-roth.com) and she read and commented, and I polished and tweaked (and learned my newest writing vice!) With her help, life was breathed into my story, and the characters began to shine like I knew they would.
Next up was formatting. Not being one to do things the easy way, I read, and re-read Susan Kaye Quinn's chapter on formatting the hard way (from Indie Author Survival Guide- I totally recommend this book to anyone considering self-publishing) I read about HTML coding, and studied some of the books I'd downloaded to see just how they did that, and slowly my book took shape the way I wanted it to.
And now, it's been released out into the world for others to read.
Every step on my journey has taught me something new, and this is no exception. Reach for your dreams, work to achieve them, and you will find them in your grasp.
About the Book
Tristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand's bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.
Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won't tell her his name.
When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She's a princess and he's impersonating a prince―a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings. Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner's true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?
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About the Author
Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. She is an author and editor at BookFishBooks.
Her Princess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, Different Kind of Knight) are available for purchase. Her Faery Marked (book 1 in the Faery Series) will be available this summer.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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